There are so many great brunch places in Brooklyn, but my absolute favorite, the one I revisit again and again and recommend to anyone visiting, is Rose Water.
I’ve never had even a mediocre meal here. When I first started coming here, I was obsessed with the baked polenta with goat cheese and couldn’t think about ordering anything else. Then there was the challah French toast phase. And lately I’ve been loving the smoked tuna fishcake, which comes with poached eggs, mesclun salad, and a slice of cranberry bread.
It may not look like an enormous brunch, but the cake is so packed with smoked tuna goodness you’ll most likely be stuffed before the plate gets cleaned. Sometimes there are similar specials, such as smoked salmon or bass fishcakes, which are also delicious.
One challenge of having brunch at Rose Water: convincing your friends to come early enough to avoid the inevitable long waits.
787 Union Street (between 5th and 6th Ave.)
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